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Johny Jonckers:
1st National Champion K.B.D.B. Great Middle Distance 2011

by Stefan Mertens


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Johny Jonckers

Young Bird Lofts


The widowers loft


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Drieslinter: For this report we went to the national champion KBDB Great Middle Distance 2011. Johny and Yves Jonckers are very good fanciers. The fairytale started in 2000 when they won the 1st and 2nd national Bourges, and since then it has always gone better and better...

In the 2011 season  they were without any doubt the best at the great middle distance races. Highlights were 1st national champion KBDB Great Middle Distance, 3rd national champion KBDB year birds, and 6th national ace great middle distance with super year bird “Fado.”


Johny says, “The 30 breeding couples are coupled on the 26th of November. Because I had a very good season, I also coupled my best five widowers at the same time. The eggs of those five widowers were put under some extra couples and so I also have babies from my best widowers. In my breeding loft, I also have a lot of young hens because the hens are only raced as young birds. I find this very important because I like to breed out of young pigeons. The breeders breed themselves their youngsters, and after two rounds I have around 100 or 120 babies for my own use.

Preparation of the widowers for the racing season

"Some years ago my widowers could breed the first round of the breeders, but for some years I haven’t done this anymore. Now my widowers may brood for eight days at the beginning of February. The reason I changed this system is because I darken my young birds. Due to the darkening system, some future year birds have not ended their moult at the beginning of December. I don’t want to couple birds who have not ended the moult. I prefer to give them an extra rest period of two months and make sure that they have ended their moult. From the moment that they are coupled, I start the first tosses.”

I have heard that you give your widowers an oxygen cure during the winter period.

Johny answers, “That is true.  So the whole winter period the windows of the widowers loft are open day and night. In the windows I put a special green wind break wire. When I put this wind break wire in then I close the ventilation in the roof of the loft. I can advise this to all fanciers.  When you do this you will be amazed at how good the widowers look during that period. Oxygen is and stays the best medication that there is!"

Are the widowers darkened till the racing season starts?

"Yes, indeed.  I darken my widowers from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. This I do until six weeks before the first national race, and this is the last weekend of May. I follow this system because I want the top condition starting from that first national race. The advantage is that they throw their first wing feather much later. From the moment that I stop darkening, I make sure that there is enough light in the lofts. The fact that there is enough light stimulates the condition of the widowers.


"From February till May the widowers train once a day, and this is in the evening. From June they train twice a day, and this is always at the same time--in the morning from 7 a.m. till 8 a.m. and the second training from 5:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m."

What about motivation?

"Before the racing season starts, at the middle of April, I couple my widowers again. They stay together for a maximum of three days. During those three days I toss my widowers  . Sometimes I toss them twice a day. They only reason that I do this, is that they learn (and certainly the year birds) the secret of the widowhood system. They must know that their hen is waiting when they come home from a race. As motivation I give only the nest bowl. For about 10 minutes they can have their nest bowl and then they are basketted.

"On arrival they get their hen for a longer time, so that they are well rewarded. They stay for some hours together. When the widowers are with their hen, I close them up in their box.  This is to avoid several fights. When the hens are taken away, the widowers get their first meal."

I saw that there was a hygrostat on the lofts

"Yes, humidity is not good for the race birds and therefore I paired a heating system with a hygrostat. When the humidity is higher than 65% the heating system switches on.
I like a very dry loft. In the evening I also close the ventilation in the roof of the loft to avoid great temperature differences between day and night."

What about the young birds?

"The young birds are darkened from 10th of March till 21st of June. The young birds are not extra lightened. The young birds are tossed as soon as I stop darkening them. I experienced that I have fewer losses when I wait so long to toss. When the young birds are tossed, my wife Magda calls them immediately inside when they come home. The young birds train only once a day. My system is just the same as that of a lot of other fanciers. They are first basketted on the short distance races.  After their third short-distance race the sexes are separated and are raced for the rest of the season on the sliding door system.

"Because I start late to toss my young birds, they are not all ready for the first national race . So for Bourges national I basket only my hens. For the following two national races-- namely Argenton and La Souterraine-- all young birds are basketted. For the last national race, Gueret, again just hens are basketted."


"De 801"

"King Joe"



"It is important that you teach your youngsters to drink in the basket. Therefore I use the same drinkers which are attached on the basket when they are away for a race. The young birds recognize the drinkers, and so they easily find the water when they are in the basket for a race.


"I feed the mixtures of the brand Beyers. In the beginning of the week they receive a protein poor mixture, and the last six meals they are fed up with a racing mixture. The last three days before basketting they also receive som e sneaky mixture.

"On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I mix amino acids on the mixture, this together with oil and brewer’s yeast. On arrival I mix electrolytes (Recup-Forte) together with grape sugar. The young birds receive some pre-probiotics once a week.

Medical level

"Each month I go to the specialized vet to evaluate my race birds. This is only to make sure that everything is ok. Most times the vet says that everything is ok and that I don’t have to treat at all.

"During the racing season I treat each month against trichomoniasis. Before they breed, all my birds are treated against parathyphus. For ornithosis I did a treatment before the start of the racing season. Because they performed so well, I did not treat anymore against ornithosis during the whole season."

Results 2011

Bourges 2,883 year birds: 1,7,8,50,… 5/6
Bourges 4,066 old birds : 15,56,65,285 4/5
Chateauroux 2,872 year birds : 1,36,45,61,63,137,175 8/10
La Chatre 21,180 year birds : 5,28,30,70,1177,1832,… 7/15
La Chatre 15,780 old birds: 6,21,283,896,1062 5/9
Montlucon 6,141 old birds : 5,181,259,319,409,… 7/9
Argenton 1,881 old birds: 1,3,7,19,56,89,91 8/9
Argenton 2,574 year birds : 8,11,19,65,77,136,151,201 8/9
Toury 1,217 young birds : 6,12,13,14,15,17,18,21,26,27,29,… 39/69
La Souterraine 2,231 young birds : 1,2,3,4,5,47,48,49,53,… 31/56
Gueret 865 young birds : 2,4,5,6,11,12,13,… 19/27

Results for the national championship:


Participating Birds

1st Nom.

2nd Nom.

Bourges 1

4,066 birds :

65 ( 077/07 )

56 ( 635/08 )


271 birds :

21 ( 801/09 )

8 ( 881/09 )

La Chatre

2,857 birds :

 1 ( 881/09 )

117 ( 880/09 )


2,598 birds :

38 ( 881/09 )

1 ( 801/09 )


1,881 birds :

19 ( 881/09 )

1 ( 801/09 )

Here is the “2002881/2009” named “Junior” the best. “Junior” is a direct son out of the base couple “Little Joe” x “646 Duivin.” Father is original Jos and Jules Engels and mother is a granddaughter of “Zabel” x “Engelsbloed.” The “2002801/2009” is a full brother of “881/09.” 

2060790/2011 won Toury 13/1,612b and La Souterraine 8/16,665 national
2060791/2011 won La Souterraine 28/16,665b nat and Gueret 7/3,819 zone C.

Also 3rd national champion year birds KBDB 2011


Participating birds

1st Nom.

2nd Nom.

Bourges 1

2,883b :

1 ( 145/10 )

8 ( 162/10 )


2,545b :

28 ( 145/10 )

44 ( 162/10 )

La Chatre

3,362b :

5 ( 162/10 )

10 ( 038/10 )


2,574b :

11 ( 145/10 )

19 ( 162/10 )


1,557b :

67 ( 145/10 )

4 ( 162/10 )

Bourges 2

287b :

3 ( 162/10 )

6 ( 083/10 )


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Did you notice that  6x “162/10” is noted? This top bird is namely “Fado” 2013162/2010 6th national ace great middle distance. “Fado” comes out “Brother Clif” ( 1ste zone C and 3rd national Bourges 12394b ) x “Witneusje” ( “Wittenbuik” Vandenabeele x daughter “Little Joe” ).

He became 6th national ace with the following top results:  Bourges 8/2,883b, La Chatre 28/21,180 national, Argenton 19/2,574b, Nevers 4/1,557b.

You see that in these lofts there is a lot of quality, and we wish the family Jonckers all the best in 2012!

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